William Barak
Ceremony (1898)
pencil, wash, ground wash, charcoal solution, gouache and earth pigments on paper
57.0 x 88.8 cm (image and sheet)
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1962

Remembering Barak

This education resource accompanies the exhibition Remembering Barak (2003) which commemorated the life and work of the great Ngurungaeta (headman) Barak. Barak is one of a select group of nineteenth-century Aboriginal artists who welcomed the opportunity to use new materials, and to produce work on paper or cardboard for Europeans that communicated important aspects of Aboriginal culture. The illustrated resource explores Barak’s life and work, and includes a detailed discussion of his subject matter and technique, and his life at Coranderrk Aboriginal Station. A series of questions help students examine Barak’s imagery.

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